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Evaluating the Performance of Three Popular Web Mapping Libraries: A Case Study Using Argentina’s Life Quality Index

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ISISTAN—UNCPBA & CONICET, Tandil B7001BBO, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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IGEHCS—UNCPBA & CONICET, Tandil B7001BBO, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9(10), 563; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9100563
Received: 29 August 2020 / Revised: 21 September 2020 / Accepted: 28 September 2020 / Published: 29 September 2020
Recent Web technologies such as HTML5, JavaScript, and WebGL have enabled powerful and highly dynamic Web mapping applications executing on standard Web browsers. Despite the complexity for developing such applications has been greatly reduced by Web mapping libraries, developers face many choices to achieve optimal performance and network usage. This scenario is even more complex when considering different representations of geographical data (raster, raw data or vector) and variety of devices (tablets, smartphones, and personal computers). This paper compares the performance and network usage of three popular JavaScript Web mapping libraries for implementing a Web map using different representations for geodata, and executing on different devices. In the experiments, Mapbox GL JS achieved the best overall performance on mid and high end devices for displaying raster or vector maps, while OpenLayers was the best for raster maps on all devices. Vector-based maps are a safe bet for new Web maps, since performance is on par with raster maps on mid-end smartphones, with significant less network bandwidth requirements. View Full-Text
Keywords: web map; raster; vector; tiles; performance test; software development; mobile applications web map; raster; vector; tiles; performance test; software development; mobile applications
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Zunino, A.; Velázquez, G.; Celemín, J.P.; Mateos, C.; Hirsch, M.; Rodriguez, J.M. Evaluating the Performance of Three Popular Web Mapping Libraries: A Case Study Using Argentina’s Life Quality Index. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2020, 9, 563. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9100563

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Zunino A, Velázquez G, Celemín JP, Mateos C, Hirsch M, Rodriguez JM. Evaluating the Performance of Three Popular Web Mapping Libraries: A Case Study Using Argentina’s Life Quality Index. ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information. 2020; 9(10):563. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9100563

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Zunino, Alejandro, Guillermo Velázquez, Juan P. Celemín, Cristian Mateos, Matías Hirsch, and Juan M. Rodriguez 2020. "Evaluating the Performance of Three Popular Web Mapping Libraries: A Case Study Using Argentina’s Life Quality Index" ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information 9, no. 10: 563. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijgi9100563

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